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Philippines internet speed fastest in June

A continued upward trend in the average download speed in the Philippines can be seen in Ookla Speedtest’s June 2021 Mobile and Fixed Broadband Internet Speeds report.

Last June, the average download speed was 66.55 megabits per second (Mbps), 7.82 Mbps faster than the download speed of 58.73 Mbps in May.

For mobile, the average download speed is 32.84 Mbps, a slight improvement of 0.87 Mbps from May’s 31.97 Mbps.

“The continued upward trend in PH internet speeds is a welcome development in our efforts to prepare for full participation in the global digital economy,” said the Secretary of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT ), Gregorio “Gringo” Honasan 2nd.

The country’s internet speed gained ground after President Rodrigo Duterte urged phone companies to improve their services and ordered government agencies to streamline the issuance of tower permits last year.

Last July 1, the DICT and the Anti-Red Band Authority (ARTA) revised the Expanded Joint Memorandum Circular (JMC) 001, Series of July 1, 2021 to align the provisions of the original policy and the law of the Republic 11494 or the “Bayanihan to Recover in one act”.

The JMC has reduced the procedural delays in obtaining the permits and documents necessary for the construction of joint towers.

According to ARTA, the time to target period has been shortened – from 214 days to just 16 days. Permits are also reduced to just 8, from the original 30, while documentary requirements are now reduced to 35, from 86 days previously.

Honasan also expressed DICT’s full support for the telecommunications and information services industry.

“For the remainder of 2021 and into the years to come, your DICT will continue to support the telecommunications and information services industries to ensure our internet speed rankings continue to climb,” he said.

Smart, Globe and DITO have completed initial testing for the implementation of the Mobile Number Portability (MNP) Act.

Meanwhile, the country’s major mobile network operators – Smart, Globe and DITO – through their joint venture, Telecommunications Connectivity Inc. (TCI), have completed initial testing of MNP’s technical capabilities and interoperability.

The test is part of preparations for the MNP law which would allow SIM card holders to keep their mobile phone numbers when switching to another network.

“With the Mobile Number Portability Act, we have broken down barriers and empowered Filipinos to finally switch to their preferred service provider,” said Adel Tamano, Chief Administrative Officer of DITO.